Maryland star now lists Cards among favorites

Alec Lemon

Junior Day was a hit with 6-2, 180-pound Gambrills, MD. wide receiver Alec Lemon, who now lists Louisville as one of his top college choices. Lemon, who finished second in the Maryland high school ranks with 70 receptions as a junior, talked about his visit to Louisville with InsideTheVille.com.

Junior Day was a hit with 6-2, 180-pound Gambrills, MD. wide receiver Alec Lemon, who now lists Louisville as one of his top college choices. Lemon, who finished second in the Maryland high school ranks with 70 receptions as a junior, talked about his visit to Louisville with InsideTheVille.com.

"I liked it – I liked the coaches and the campus," Lemon said. "It was a fun time. I talked to the recruiting coach – Coach (Greg) Nord. Before we left we got a chance to talk to our position coaches and they gave us a run through of what they look for in a receiver."

That meant Lemon and the other wide receiver prospects got an up-close meeting with Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe, who also serves as UofL's wide receiver coach.

"He talked about his coaching career and his family – he seemed like a nice guy," Lemon said. "We got a chance to ask him questions and people were asking him what he and Louisville look for in a receiver. So that gives (me) a chance to go back home and work on stuff so if I go back to camp I will be good at those things when they evaluate us."

What did Kragthorpe tell the prospects he's looking for in a receiver?

"He said they look for physical receivers, someone who's not afraid to block," Lemon said. "He said they're basically looking for a team player that's not all about ‘me' and will do things for the team. And they look for receivers that have nice hands and who worries about catching the ball first and then making the play after you catch the ball."

Lemon watched Louisville's offense closely during a controlled scrimmage Saturday afternoon at PJCS. The 6-foot-2, 180-lb. receiver saw a lot that he liked from the Cardinals offense.

"I like their offense," Lemon said. "It was a spread offense which is what my high school team runs. That's the type of system that I want to be in when I go to college. Pretty much the plays they ran it looked like they could score at will. I want to play in a high-power offense in college."

Lemon, who had 70 receptions for 969 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, is still looking for first offer. "Louisville is probably in my Top 5 college choices, probably between 1 and 3," said Lemon. "I like UConn. I went to Tennessee and I liked how everything was set up there. UConn, Tennessee and Louisville are my three favorites."

Lemon has a busy summer planned and he's hoping to land a few solid offers before his season starts. He'll attend camps at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Maryland, UConn, NC State and North Carolina. "I think I'm signing up for the Louisville camp in July," Lemon added.

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